Words cannot express how deeply I feel for the victims and their families, in the face of this catastrophic tragedy.
I once worked for a Haitian dentist, who is also the best friend of my son's godfather. Until I worked for Ron, I knew nothing about Haiti. I don't think I could have even pointed it out on a globe?
Canada's, Governor General, Michaelle Jean is Haitian-born, and we have many Haitian communities in Canada.
Canada immediately stepped up, offering aid to Haiti, and banks, and organisations rallied to accept donations.
I copied the information below, from cnews. It lists reputable, aid organisations.
How you can help the victims
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The following is a list of reputable aid organizations currently seeking cash donations for relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Donations can be made at the web pages or by calling the appropriate phone numbers.
Canadian Red Cross (hoping to raise at least $2 million): www.redcross.ca/helpnow, or call toll free 1-800-418-1111, visit any Red Cross office.
Humanitarian Coalition (consists of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and Save the Children Canada): www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca.
Plan Canada: https://planCanada.ca/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pidid
Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmy.ca, or call 1-800-725-2769. Bell Mobility customers can make $10 donations by texting the word "haiti" to 45678. Donations can be mailed to Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1P4. Donations can also be dropped off at local Salvation Army units. Specify "Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund."
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.msf.ca
Unicef Canada: https://secure.unicef.ca/portal/SmartDefault.aspx?at0&CID
United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto: http://www.ujadonations.com/haiti or call 416-631-5705.
World Vision Canada: https://www.worldvision.ca/give-a-gift/Pages/EarthquakeinHaiti.aspx
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has also compiled a guide designed to help the public avoid scams and ensure their donations are of maximum value:
Calls for donations are also prevalent on social ne tworking services Twitter and Facebook.